Color lost when fixing thin walls

Discussion in 'Bug Reporting' started by monark, Jun 12, 2014.

  1. monark
    monark New Member
    The auto thin wall fixer is great, but why does it wipe off color if it's embedded in the mesh?
    It means fixing models for colored sand stone is a non starter.
  2. mkroeker
    mkroeker Well-Known Member
    Assuming I understood the method correctly (...), this is because your original mesh is decomposed into voxels (tiny cubes), from which the mesh is re-generated at the end, so the original vertices (and any color bound to them) are likely to be lost. (Probably considered as an acceptable trade-off by
    shapeways, as FCS models are just some fraction of orders, and even among those the typical figurine or architecture models are more likely to have an external texture applied to them)
    As the automatic "fixing" of thin walls works by inflating the affected voxels, it will easily lead to a "balloon dog" look of the model, so it is probably better to just take the hint from the preview and do any fixing in your modeling software, unless the wall in question is only a tiny fraction below the limit. (Also note that the thin wall check treats everything as an unsupported wall, so you may end up overcorrecting if you take it too seriously.)
  3. mkroeker
    mkroeker Well-Known Member
    Also note that you can download the "fixed" model and repaint it in e.g. meshlab, which depending on circumstances may still be easier than fixing wall
    widths in the original model (if somebody else did the modeling and sent you just the exported wrl, or if the wrl is the result of some kind of simulation where you have no control over thickness of features in the wrl it writes)
  4. Youknowwho4eva
    Youknowwho4eva Shapeways Employee Community Team
    From what I've heard, keeping the texture map is a planned future development.